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Onkyo 818 or Emotiva Xpa-5 and UMC-200 ?

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Which option would be better considering the pricing and speaker/amp combo.
I currently have Paradigm Cinema 400 LCR http://www.paradigm.com/products/model=cinema-400/page=overview and Paradigm Cinema 200 for surround http://www.paradigm.com/products/type=lcr/model=cinema-200/page=overview
I cannot go for extreme outputs because of living in end unit townhouse, so one neighbour on one side from us.
Wondering if Emotiva would be overkill for these speakers.

-Onkyo 818 would be around $700 new
-Emotiva XPA-5 and UMC-200 would be around $1200 used if I can get my hands on it.
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Originally Posted by sumik View Post

Which option would be better considering the pricing and speaker/amp combo.
I currently have Paradigm Cinema 400 LCR http://www.paradigm.com/products/model=cinema-400/page=overview and Paradigm Cinema 200 for surround http://www.paradigm.com/products/type=lcr/model=cinema-200/page=overview
I cannot go for extreme outputs because of living in end unit townhouse, so one neighbour on one side from us.
Wondering if Emotiva would be overkill for these speakers.

-Onkyo 818 would be around $700 new
-Emotiva XPA-5 and UMC-200 would be around $1200 used if I can get my hands on it.

 

Considering the specs on those speakers and the max input for them I'd call it overkill. Especially since you're in a condo and can't push them.


Edited by XStanleyX - 11/14/13 at 8:22pm
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Originally Posted by sumik View Post

Which option would be better considering the pricing and speaker/amp combo.
I currently have Paradigm Cinema 400 LCR http://www.paradigm.com/products/model=cinema-400/page=overview and Paradigm Cinema 200 for surround http://www.paradigm.com/products/type=lcr/model=cinema-200/page=overview
I cannot go for extreme outputs because of living in end unit townhouse, so one neighbour on one side from us.
Wondering if Emotiva would be overkill for these speakers.

-Onkyo 818 would be around $700 new
-Emotiva XPA-5 and UMC-200 would be around $1200 used if I can get my hands on it.


best option imho, 818 with the xpa-5. emo's processors do not have a stellar track record. plus the 818 has many more useful features, not the least of which is audyssey xt32.
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Originally Posted by sumik View Post

Which option would be better considering the pricing and speaker/amp combo.

I currently have Paradigm Cinema 400 LCR http://www.paradigm.com/products/model=cinema-400/page=overview and Paradigm Cinema 200 for surround http://www.paradigm.com/products/type=lcr/model=cinema-200/page=overview

I cannot go for extreme outputs because of living in end unit townhouse, so one neighbour on one side from us.

Wondering if Emotiva would be overkill for these speakers.


-Onkyo 818 would be around $700 new

-Emotiva XPA-5 and UMC-200 would be around $1200 used if I can get my hands on it.

Considering the specs on those speakers and the max input for them I'd call it overkill. Especially since you're in a condo and can't push them.

agree on the possible overkill. OP get the 818 and set it up and see how it works for ya, add an amp later if needed.
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I've owned and operated each of those - an NR818 with the XPA-5 - traded the 818 off for a UMC-200 plus cash - ran with the UMC-200/XPA-5 for a while - and have decided to sell the XPA-5 and the UMC-200. The XPA-5 goes out Monday - and I still have a UMC-200 for sale. I'm not sorry I traded the NR818 off but I do wish I'd sold it outright. I wouldn't have a UMC-200 for sale. I now have a Yamaha RX-V3900 - it works well and drives 4ohm speakers just fine. I also have a Harman Kardon HK990 for two channel. It isn't that the UMC-200 is a bad product - it isn't. But it isn't a great product either. The XPA-5 is a great amp for the price.
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The umc-200 is extremely tweakable if you are into that kind of thing. It has eq controls for all 5 main speakers plus a sub (no surround back eq though). I do not think any receiver has that kind of control but if you like to have Audyssey do the setup, then I'm sure the Onkyo would work well for you. As for the condo and not really being able to push it, you may still want to check out Emotiva as I think it sounds clearer at lower to mid levels than my Onkyo that was recently replaced. Decisions, decisions....
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